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SawdustandSmoke
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Help hanging carvings

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This is a dumb question but what is the best way to find the right place to drill a nail hole in the back of carving? On a more regular board I balance it on a piece of round stock, but something irregular like a slab takes 2-3 holes for me to find the center.

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My solution has always been a horizontal keyhole with small notches on the upper side to prevent it from sliding. I never know when something may be chipped off or carved out. Sorry for the lousy pic. Rosewood deserves better. :)
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Here is the method I use,

http://www.wwgoa.com/using-a-keyhole-bit/

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Try out the keyhole gadget, but also good to draw polyline, then double back to your start point in one line. Make SURE start point is where you want and make SURE use "Vector start points "is selected(also make sure you set your bit in the database so it can cut full depth in one pass). Ask how I know :) Not a bad idea to remove waste with an on the line profile cut first leaving a skin on depth. Test piece first :) A regular plunge router with jig is sometimes easier and faster while your other side is cutting. PREVIEW. :)

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Horizontal keyhole is the way I do it using the "double" line method exactly as Scott describes so I can nest several keyholes onto a larger sheet.

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Thanks for the info, I have a keyhole cutter I just never had used it for that purpose. I was just thinking could it also work to pinch and pick it up with some calipers if it is not to heavy to find the center?
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I made a C clamp shaped jig with a drywall screw in one arm to find and mark the hanging centre for one of my products.
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Good Idea thanks.

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I use french cleats a lot.
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You could also try using a wire hanging system.
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scottp55 wrote:My solution has always been a horizontal keyhole with small notches on the upper side to prevent it from sliding. I never know when something may be chipped off or carved out. Sorry for the lousy pic. Rosewood deserves better. :)
I like your keyhole method but for the life of me I can't figure out how you make the small notches on the upper side. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jim

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Post by ssflyer »

I actually prefer a straight horizontal slot - how do you know if the notches line up? It won't slide after hanging - the notches aren't required.
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L. , In the past-I always used a small triangular file(sometimes a half round) like you find in those small assortments packages of mini-files, or a small palm chisel. I started another thread "horizontal keyhole with notches?" and finally got it to work and did some finished pieces, and the customer loved it!
I've been negligent about posting .crv as I wanted to improve it a little and streamline the file so it doesn't look so much like a proto(cluttered all to heck :) ). Just got final coat of oil on and delivering it today, as well as another spoilboard with fences/wedges. So maybe I'll have a few minutes tomorrow.
By hand, almost anything that will leave a finished edge will work, but I like the idea of the machine doing it. :)
P.S. SS, Showed a Dr. pic on my last visit and he asked me to show him finished one today, as he has many plaques and awards at home as well as his 140 pound dog that bumps his walls when he gets excited, and they DO fall off the wall :) NOT my work of course :)
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